Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2019

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One of the most brilliant characteristics of Pinot Noir as a variety is that it tends to reflect and express the season more clearly than any other variety. The 2019 Pinot Noir shows some riper, more robust characters than are typical of Mount Mary Pinot Noir, while still carrying our hallmark elegance and purity. On the nose there are stewed plums, quince, cherry liqueur, sauté mushroom and spice. The palate is rich, decadent, silky and seamless. There are flavours of plum, stewed strawberry, cherries and fine-grained toasty oak which will meld with the wine a little more with time in bottle. Currently, primary fruit characteristics feature more prominently in this wine over secondary characters of earth and undergrowth. Expect these savoury elements to become more obvious as the primary fruit subsides over the coming years. 

Sam Middleton, Mount Mary

"A fragrant, perfumed bouquet and palate with cherry plum and berry fruit has hallmark length; French oak (25% new) and ultra-fine tannins give it a beguiling complexity; the spices will build over years to come. 13% alc; cork, drink to 2034."

97 points. James Halliday

"All the squishy red fruits, five spice, with something of an autumnal character here too. It’s medium bodied, sweet uptake of poached red fruits and cherry, but fresh with it, and the tannin is surefooted with an emery board feel, the finish sweet, long, and supple. Quite forward in a way, but very charming."

94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"The light ruby hue belies the whorl of intense flavour. Pretty aromatics. It bursts out with raspberries and cherries, then richer strawberry compote infused with bitter herbs, cloves and sarsaparilla. French oak is neatly tucked away, but acts as a support, while superfine tannins glide across a lighter- to medium-bodied frame. A beautiful and beguiling wine."

96 points. Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2022